We need the president, Congress, governors, councils, legislators and citizens to discuss the options for creating a society where gun ownership is an exception not the norm.
∎ We can protect our homes with a network of good neighbor communications and an attitude of welcome to the stranger.
∎ We can learn to participate in and strengthen our democratic society as the way to prevent government from becoming oppressive. (No amount of home firepower can protect us today from a rogue government army in possession of assault weapons, rockets, tanks, drones and overwhelming air power).
∎ We can provide gun rentals at firing ranges for the sport of target shooting.
∎ We can re-evaluate the ethics of hunting for sport while permitting the use of basic rifles and shotguns for hunting food and for predatory animal control in rural settings.
∎ We can work for an economic system that is fair for all people, narrowing the gap between the wealthy and the poor.
∎ We can advocate against all forms of racism and cultural bias.
Gun legislation and/or constitutional amendments may be far in the future. But political, religious and social leaders and every citizen can begin to cultivate a climate that discourages gun possession.
Rev. John Buttrick
October 17, 2015
My Turn: The path to end gun violence
[He’s delusional and/or hopelessly naïve.
But the one thing you want to remember about this is that you should never let anyone get away with telling you that no one wants to take your guns.—Joe]